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University of California - Irvine Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is University of California - Irvine Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

University of California - Irvine was awarded 128 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business administration and management.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked UC Irvine as #122 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

UC Irvine is also ranked #15 out of 116 schools in California.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UC Irvine?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to University of California - Irvine you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 37%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 86% of students accepted to UC Irvine submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 580 and 650. Math scores were between 590 and 700.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of California - Irvine  ( 580 to 650 )

SAT Math Scores for University of California - Irvine  ( 590 to 700 )
UC Irvine received ACT scores from 50% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 25 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for University of California - Irvine  ( 25 to 32 )

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University of California - Irvine Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At University of California - Irvine, this ratio is 18 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of California - Irvine is 81%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  81 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of California - Irvine

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 94% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like University of California - Irvine enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  94 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At UC Irvine the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 72%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  72 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at UC Irvine

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 29,307 undergraduates at UC Irvine with 28,855 being full-time and 452 being part-time.

UC Irvine Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 89.89 out of 100, UC Irvine is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  89.89 out of 100
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How Much Does University of California - Irvine Cost?

The overall average net price of UC Irvine is $14,604. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UC Irvine

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,178 $10,423 $14,072 $21,023 $28,755

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UC Irvine, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UC Irvine, approximately 36% of students took out student loans averaging $5,162 a year. That adds up to $20,648 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UC Irvine is 1.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do UC Irvine Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from UC Irvine make about $58,400 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for UC Irvine students since it is 47% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at University of California - Irvine make the most money.

Location of University of California - Irvine

Located in Irvine, California, University of California - Irvine is a public institution. Irvine is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Location of University of California - Irvine

Contact details for UC Irvine are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 501 Aldrich Hall, Irvine, CA 92697
Phone: 949-824-5011

University of California - Irvine Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 97 majors graduated from University of California - Irvine. Of these students, 8,394 received undergraduate degrees and 2,275 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Biology 700 $24,500
Business/Managerial Economics 666 $40,700
Child Development & Psychology 664 $29,200
Computer Science 568 $71,600
Public Health 486 $29,500
Criminology 380 $29,700
General Education 379 $24,600
Economics 367 $36,600
Political Science & Government 304 $31,300
General Psychology 270 $25,900

Learn more about the majors offered at University of California - Irvine along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UC Irvine

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 5,034 students took at least one online class at University of California - Irvine. This is an increase from the 4,543 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 5,034 182
2016-2017 4,543 100
2015-2016 2,438 101
2014-2015 1,545 111
2013-2014 1,692 122

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